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Syracuse knocks off N.C. State in a nail-biter, 76-73 (full coverage)

After a six-day hiatus, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team returned home and survived against the N.C. State Wolfpack by a final score of 76-73. The Orange moved to 9-1 inside the Carrier Dome this season.

N.C. State was without its two leading scorers as Devon Daniels suffered an ACL injury earlier in the week against Wake Forest. DJ Funderburk was held out for “disciplinary reasons,” according to NC State.

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After getting blown out by No. 8 Virginia, Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome to face North Carolina State on Sunday. The Wolfpack have lost four of their last five games, and Devon Daniels, their leading scorer, was injured in their win against Wake Forest earlier this week.

Bourama Sidibe’s injury will again hurt the Orange if he’s unable to play for the 14th straight game, as Jay Huff muscled his way inside SU’s 2-3 zone and led the Virginia Cavaliers with 21 points and 12 rebounds on Monday. The game was another reminder that, even with Marek Dolezaj at center helping SU on offense, the Orange (9-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) still lack a true shot blocker and presence in the middle of their defense.

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